2022 State Conference

Speaking our Language
ETAWA State Conference
Saturday May 14th, 2022
University of WA

The 2022 English Teachers Association State Conference will be on Saturday May 14 at UWA.

After a year of uncertainty, we are back with a day of professional development, presentations from leaders in their fields, and an opportunity to talk all things English.

YA author and editor Tobias Madden will be joining us to discuss his novel Anything but Fine for the keynote address. He will be speaking about how he deals with issues of identity, belonging, queerness and self-determination in his debut novel. He will be joining us in-person at the conference.

About Tobias Madden:

Originally from Ballarat, Tobias worked for ten years as a performer, touring Australia and New Zealand with musicals such as Mary Poppins, CATS, Singin’ in the Rain, and Guys and Dolls. In 2019, he edited and published UNDERDOG, the first #LoveOzYA short story anthology for previously unpublished Aussie young adult fiction writers.

Also, in 2019, he wrote the cabaret show Siblingship, which played to sold out audiences in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Tobias is a passionate member of the #LoveOzYa and LGBTQ+ communities.

Our Alex Solosy Memorial Lecture is from the Curtin University Reconnecting to Rivers Project about First Nation Stories: Community Relationships and Literary Knowledges.

Grab a drink and join us for our plenary with award winning Australian poet, novelist, critic, essayist and editor John Kinsella and Chair of Australian Literature Professor Tony Hughes-D’Aeth.
This in-conversation will discuss Kinsella’s work and passion for belonging, place, land and identity, as well as provide teachers with ideas for how to use his work in the classroom.

About John Kinsella:

John is a celebrated Western Australian writer widely beloved for his poetry, which is strongly influenced by landscape. He has published over thirty books and his work includes plays, short stories, novels, and autobiographical essays. John’s many accolades include three Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, the 2012 Grace Levin Prize for Poetry, and the 2007 Christopher Brennan Award, which was presented to John by the Australian Fellowship of Writers to recognise his lifetime achievement in poetry.

 Volume One of John’s collection of poems, The Ascension of Sheep (1980-2005), is of particular interest to attendees of our 2022 State Conference. Moving through over forty-one years of writing tracking back to when John was just seventeen, the poetry in this anthology examines his concern for writing about place without claiming place, acknowledging that we reside on unceded First Nations land. Moreover, it also explores how individuals can belong to many place-experiences at once, and how place can be represented with a focus on humanitarian and ecological justice.

 More recently, in 2017 John co-edited The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry with Tracy Ryan, which features work from 134 poets. This impressive collection brings together a unique range of voices that enable its Western Australian audience to connect with local perspectives about the place we share together.

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